Now Closed: Dead of Winter

Submissions are now closed. Thanks to all who submitted–we hope to get back to you very soon.

Milk & Cake Press is now accepting submissions for our first anthology, Dead of Winter, to be published in Winter 2021. We are looking for poems that deal with the supernatural, the mythological, the mysterious, the uncanny. 

To submit, please send 1-3 poems in a Word document and your bio in the body of an email to There is no submission fee. Payment will be a copy of the anthology. 

Submissions close October 15, 2020. 

Announcing Milk & Cake’s 2020-2021 Poets!

Congratulations to our new poets, and to those on the shortlists, and thank you to all poets who submitted manuscripts.


Megan Leonard, book of lullabies

Dena Rod, Scattered Arils

Shortlisted books

Saida Agostini, Just Let the Dead In

Danielle Bero, Acapella Mixtape

John Jeffire, A Temple for Tomorrows

Leah Claire Kaminski, Live Oak Nearly on Fire

Raegen Pietrucha, Head of A Gorgon


Sarah Nichols, Hexenhaus

Yamini Pathak, Atlas of Lost Places

Joanna Thomas, Blue-bird (bloo-burd)

Shortlisted chapbooks

Ilse Griffin, (Dis/re)member

Danielle Hark, Last Strand

Jesse Wolfe, En Route

Bird Wild by Dameion Wagner

This collection centers on the long illness and decline of a mother and the emotional challenges and fractures among her family. Visually and sonically inventive, these poems use the loneliness of rural Ohio roads, the disturbing environment of a nursing home, and  the suffocation of working class life to set the eerie mood. Click here.